In the 1970s, Don and Ann Connell began building their home in the Hill Country.

Over the decades, the home grew to include two greenhouses, multiple stone towers, a pool and a deck with a view.

“They’re very creative people,” said Dave Connell, the couple’s son. “So that definitely comes through in what they were able to do. They were very fortunate to be able to have ... the time, energy and resources to create this place for sure.”

Sometime around 2012, the couple realized what they had built—including tropical and desert greenhouses, which Dave said his parents built as “empty nest” project when he and his sister left the family home—and decided to downsize.

At the same time, Dave and his wife, Harper, were looking to get out of 9-to-5 jobs. Don was a land manager who conducted prescribed burns, and Harper worked in communications for a conservation nonprofit.


Rather than see his parents sell their home, he broached the idea of turning it into a wedding venue.

“We got married and started a family, and [running this venue] is more our style,” Dave said. “We don’t have to run around the country doing things; everybody just comes to us.”

The venue includes multiple ceremony sites—including the greenhouse, which ca
n be used at a limited capacity. The three-story tropical g
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